PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Ziegler

(Studied in comparison with My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin)

Photograph 51 rewrites the story of the discovery of DNA, high- lighting the role of Rosalind Franklin in a discovery conventionally attributed to James Watson and Francis Crick. Anna Ziegler’s play highlights that history is really HIS-story; the stories of men told at the expense of the female voice.

While we examine the stories of contemporary women, we look back through the lens of time to rural Australia in the 1890s as depicted in My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin. In this novel, we are taken on the journey of Sybylla Melvyn, a woman who is left to deal with the fallout from the poor business decisions of her father. Sybylla resolves to remain unmarried, not because of a staunch view against marriage, but because of her depleted self-esteem as a woman.

In the workshop, we compare My Brilliant Career with Photograph 51. The protagonists, Franklin and Melvyn are not the same archetypal woman but despite being over a hundred years apart, there are frighteningly common threads of sexism that only become obvious when we continue the project of telling HER-stories.

THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller

(Studied in comparison to The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham)

At first glance, the contrast between the comedy of The Dressmaker and the high drama horror of The Crucible is glaring. But there are obvious similarities too. Both are set in small-town frontier com- munities, riddled with political alliances and hidden tales of infidelity, resulting in a woman being scapegoated. Both explore deceit, guilt, and the loss of identity.

Contrasting The Crucible and The Dressmaker exposes elements of their stylistic differences. The hysteria in The Crucible has farce-like qualities as did McCarthy’s own ‘witch trials’. The grotesque comedy of The Dressmaker is counterpointed and sharpened by sitting against the backdrop of tragic and sinister aspects of The Crucible.

Our workshops will explore some of these themes as well as examining points of comparison between the two texts’ characters.

Because it is my face, and it is yours

THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller

(Studied in comparison to The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham)

At first glance the contrast between the comedy of one and the high drama horror of the other is glaring. But there are obvious similarities too. Both are set in small-town frontier communities, riddled with political alliances and hidden tales of infidelity, resulting in a woman being scapegoated. Both explore deceit, guilt, and the loss of identity.

Contrasting ‘The Crucible’ and ‘The Dress Maker’ exposes elements their stylistic differences. The hysteria in The Crucible has farcelike qualities as did McCarthy’s own ‘witch trials’. The grotesque comedy of ‘The Dressmaker’ is counterpointed and sharpened by sitting against the backdrop of tragic and sinister aspects of ‘The Crucible’.

Our workshops will explore some of these themes as well as examining points of comparison between the two texts’ characters.

Because it is my face, and it is yours

Price (ex GST)

$17 per student (minimum total fee $1,700)

Reserve your spotNO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED

PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Ziegler

(Studied in comparison to The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood)

Various feminist movements comment that history is really HIS-story; the stories of men told at the expense of the female voice: if Homer’s Odyssey can be thought of as the father of all stories, Atwood’s ‘Penelopiad’ weaves a new archetypal womens’ tale. Atwood has been a powerful force in writing the female voice and has undoubtedly been an inspiration to Ziegler in her own efforts to tell the stories

of contemporary women. Photograph 51 rewrites the story of the discovery of DNA, highlighting the role of Rosalind Franklin in a discovery conventionally attributed to James Watson and Francis Crick.

Franklin and Penelope are not the same archetypal woman but despite being thousands of years apart, there are frighteningly common threads of sexism that only become obvious when we continue the project of telling HER-stories.

Price (ex GST)

$17 per student (minimum total fee $1,700)

Reserve your spotNO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED